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Gopar Tapkida

Regional Peace Adviser (RPA) for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in West and Central Africa I currently serve as the Regional Peace Adviser (RPA) for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in West and Central Africa. This position oversees and provides Peacebuilding technical support to MCC Reps and MCC peacebuilding partners and practitioners in six countries: ...More

Peacebuilding vocation and the Mennonites’ tutelage: personal reflections on my peacebuilding trajectory anchored on a Mennonite foundation

When I registered to become a member of then Zambia Fellowship of Reconciliation (ZAFOR), I had no idea the journey would culminate into a calling — my work for peace, justice and nonviolence — 21 years later. I have grown from an ordinary youth member to a national chair and proficient peacebuilding trainer and educator. ...More

Doing Interfaith Work in Nigeria

Within North American educational institutions affiliated with one of the three “historic peace churches” – Mennonite, Brethren and Quaker – only Eastern Mennonite University offers a graduate program pertaining to peace. Which is why aspiring peacebuilders from other Christian denominations often make their way to EMU. It’s why Jay Wittmeyer, now executive director of global ...More

Alumni support UN’s efforts in African conflicts

Decades ago, when international conflicts tended to be between neighboring countries, the United Nations’ approach to peacekeeping was primarily focused on observation and reporting. The blue-helmeted peacekeepers would sit peering through telescopes, trying to make sure people on either side of the border behaved. Since the end of the Cold War, however, wars between sovereign ...More